Working Girl (TV series)

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Working Girl
Created byKimberly Hill
Tom Patchett
Written bySandy Frank
Vicki S. Horwitz
Lawrence Konner
Lisa Rosenthal
Robin Schiff
Directed byRobert Berlinger
Matthew Diamond
StarringSandra Bullock
Patrick Brock
Nana Visitor
Judy Prescott
George Newbern
Edye Byrde
Tom O'Rourke
Anthony Tyler Quinn
David Schramm
B.J. Ward
Theme music composerCarly Simon
Opening theme"Let the River Run"
ComposerW. G. Snuffy Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producersKenneth Kaufman
Tom Patchett
ProducersVicki S. Horwitz
Lawrence Konner
EditorsLeslie Dennis Bracken
Steve Cioffi
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesPatchett Kaufman Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseApril 16 (1990-04-16) –
July 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)

Working Girl is an American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from April 16 to July 30, 1990. Loosely based[1] on the 1988 film of the same name starring Melanie Griffith,[2] the series stars[3] Sandra Bullock[4] as Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith's character[5] in the film), in a role[6] that was initially meant[7] for Nancy McKeon.[8]


Tess McGill is a spunky, independent secretary who has suddenly become a junior executive after she charms company owner A.J. Trask. Tess' first challenge is to survive working with her antagonistic, uptight immediate boss, Mrs. Bryn Newhouse, otherwise known as the "company witch." Tess's best friend, Lana Peters, is a secretary who is more interested in doing her nails and rooting for Tess than in getting ahead herself. Meanwhile, Everett Rutledge is a fellow junior executive who is charming but eager to please. Libby Wentworth is Tess's world-wise "permanent temporary" secretary who is also a moonlighting musician. Back home each night on Staten Island, Tess has to contend with her doting parents, Joe and Fran. Tess also has to contend with Sal Pascarella, the blue-collar neighborhood Romeo who constantly pursues her.

Reception and cancelation[edit]

Debuting[9] as a midseason replacement,[10] Working Girl drew low ratings and was canceled after eight of the twelve episodes[11] produced aired.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Dream On"Matthew DiamondLawrence Konner, Robin SchiffApril 16, 1990 (1990-04-16)
2"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"Matthew DiamondVicki S. HorwitzApril 23, 1990 (1990-04-23)
3"A Friend in Need"Matthew DiamondLisa RosenthalApril 30, 1990 (1990-04-30)
4"McJoe's"Matthew DiamondSandy FrankMay 7, 1990 (1990-05-07)
5"It's Only Love"Matthew DiamondRobin SchiffMay 14, 1990 (1990-05-14)
6"Hungry Heart"UnknownVicki S. HorwitzJuly 16, 1990 (1990-07-16)
7"Just One of Those Things"Matthew DiamondRobin SchiffJuly 23, 1990 (1990-07-23)
8"We Can Work It Out"UnknownRachel GamssJuly 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)
9"Get Back (a.k.a. Back in the Saddle Again)"TBDStory edited by Sandy FrankUNAIRED
10"Two's a Crowd"TBDSandy Frank, Lawrence Konner, Lisa Rosenthal, Robin SchiffUNAIRED
11"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"TBDVicki S. HorwitzUNAIRED
12"Oh, Brother"TBDStory by : Lawrence Konner
Teleplay by : Beverly Archer

Production notes[edit]

The series was created by Kimberly Hill and Tom Patchett. Kenneth Kaufman and Tom Patchett served as executive producers.

"Let the River Run" (which was also featured in the motion picture) was the series' theme song.[12]


The series briefly reran on TV Land in the 1990s after Bullock became a major motion-picture star.


  1. ^ Harnick, Chris (June 23, 2014). "Yes, These Movies Became TV Shows...and it Didn't Work Out". E! Online.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (April 16, 1990). "TV Reviews : 'Working Girl' Title Is Employed, Plot Is Not". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (April 27, 1990). "Working Girl". Entertainment Weekly.
  4. ^ Rowe, Brian (May 23, 2018). "The Sandra Bullock Files #6: Working Girl (1990)". Medium.
  5. ^ Radcliffe, Gena (February 6, 2019). "Tune in Tonight: "Working Girl"".
  6. ^ "YOU WON'T FIND NUPTIALS ANY BIGGER THAN DELTA BURKE'S". Orlando Sentinel. April 23, 1989.
  7. ^ Shales, Tom (April 16, 1990). "BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE". Washington Post.
  8. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 1538. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.
  9. ^ "DEBUT: 'Working Girl' starring Sandra Bullock premiered 30 years ago tonight, April 16, 1990, on NBC". Twitter. April 16, 2020.
  10. ^ MacMinn, Aleene (October 4, 1989). "TV & VIDEO". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ Konda, Kelly (April 21, 2014). "One-and-Done: 12 Famous Films Which Yielded Short-Lived TV Shows". We Minored in Film.
  12. ^ Working Girl TV Show Intro (HQ) on YouTube

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